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An exceptional edition of the Festival Lumière unites past and present

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- 23 films from the Cannes 2020 Official Selection will be playing in Lyon from 10 to 18 October at the 12th edition of the event usually dedicated to heritage cinema

An exceptional edition of the Festival Lumière unites past and present
Last Words by Jonathan Nossiter

Exceptional circumstances call for an exceptional programme. With the very particular situation of the health crisis, and the recent changes in France limiting capacity in the biggest screens of the event, the Festival Lumière headed by Thierry Frémaux will offer an unusual 12th edition from 10 to 18 October. The biggest event in the world dedicated to heritage cinema will this year also look to the present: among the close to 150 films in the line-up, 23 features from the Cannes 2020 Official Selection will be playing.

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Among them are ten French premieres: three films which played in competition at San Sebastián (Another Round [+see also:
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from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, where it won the award for Best Actor, Simple Passion [+see also:
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from Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid and In the Dusk [+see also:
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from Lithuanian director Šarūnas Bartas), Falling [+see also:
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from American-Danish actor/director Viggo Mortensen (unveiled in Sundance), three films from French directors (Laurent Lafitte’s The Origin of the World [+see also:
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, Peter DourountzisRascal [+see also:
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and Elie Wajeman’s A Night Doctor [+see also:
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), the episodic film Septet : The Story of Hong Kong and animation films Aya et la sorcière from Japanese filmmaker Gorô Miyazaki and Soul from American director Pete Docter (which Disney has just announced won’t have a cinema release but will instead come out on its streaming platform).

Also coming from the Cannes 2020 Official Selection are Maïwenn’s DNA [+see also:
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, Bruno PodalydèsFrench Tech [+see also:
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, Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s Gagarin [+see also:
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, Suzanne Lindon’s Spring Blossom [+see also:
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, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s A Good Man [+see also:
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, Charlène Favier’s Slalom [+see also:
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, Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s Teddy [+see also:
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, Nicolas Maury’s My Best Part [+see also:
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, Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil, Samir Guesmi’s Ibrahim [+see also:
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, Emmanuel Courcol’s The Big Hit, Home Front [+see also:
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from Belgian director Lucas Belvaux and Italo-French co-production Last Words [+see also:
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from American director Jonathan Nossiter.

Guests of honour at this edition Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, actor-directors Viggo Mortensen and Albert Dupontel, French actress Sabine Azéma and French composer Gabriel Yared will benefit from retrospectives of their work and will host masterclasses. American director Oliver Stone will also meet with the public and homages will be organised for Greek actress Melina Mercouri and to the recently departed Tonie Marshall, Michel Piccoli and Max von Sydow. Finally, the 12th Lumière Award will be handed out to Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Standing out in the festival’s programme is a celebration of the Centennary of Michel Audiard, the Big classics in black and white section (The Great Illusion, Ugetsu Monogatari, Voyage to Italy, The Seventh Seal, etc.), a focus on Joan Micklin Silver within the framework of A Permanent History of Women Filmmakers, a big chunk of the Cannes Classics (for the 20 years of In the Mood for Love, the 60 years of Breathless and of L’avventura, the feature debut from Melvin Van Peebles, a documentary on Charlie Chaplin, etc.), the Sublime Moments of Silent Cinema programme, the Treasures & Curiosities selection,  documentaries on cinema (including about Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Erich von Stroheim’s Greed), a programme for children, the Epic Screenings (Dersu Uzala, The Leopard, Planet of the Apes, Heaven’s Gate, etc.) and films supported by the Lumière Classics label (directed by Robert Siodmak, Luigi Zampa, Jean-Pierre Melville, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Kon Ichikawa, René Clément, George RomeroDavid Cronenberg and Claude Chabrol among others). Finally, some films will be having their premieres, such as Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, Valérie Lemercier’s The Voice of Love [+see also:
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and Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks.

It is worth noting that the 8th edition of the World Classic Film Market will unfold from 13 to 16 October, with a dozen roundtables, line-up presentations, and Nathanaël Karmitz (mk2 Films) as the Grand Témoin.

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(Translated from French)

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